"Broken for a Blessing" - Genesis 32:22-32 (What is Your Name?)

After months of following Jacob's rollercoaster life, today we find ourselves at the defining moment of our series. While preparing to reunite with his brother Esau, Jacob experiences a deep fear that leads him to carefully scheme in self-protection. He divides his camp in two. He sends a lavish bribe gift ahead of him. And, in one last-ditch effort, he pushes his wives and children across the riverbank to lead the way toward his angry brother. However, in this place of anxiety around the haunting memories from the past, Jacob unknowingly finds himself in an all-night wrestling match with God. As the day breaks the following day, Jacob limps away a changed man with a new name. For Jacob and for everyone, this wrestling match with God stands central to any hope for a changed identity.